War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0808 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES,

Richmond, May 20, 1864.

General SAMUEL COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

GENERAL: Please direct special orders, viz: Brigadier General P. M. B. Young, now in Richmond, to take charge of the bodies of cavalry arriving here from south for Army of Northern Virginia, and prepare them as rapidly as possible for active field service, and when prepared respectively send them forward at once to report to Major General Fitz. Lee. When all shall have been sent, he will himself proceed to Major-General Lee and report in person for assignment to their command.

For General Bragg:

I am, general, very respectfully,

JNO. B. SALE,

Colonel and Military Secretary.

HDQRS. ARMIES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES,

Richmond, May 20, 1864.

General SAMUEL COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

GENERAL: By direction of the President, I yesterday sent inclosed telegram from his office to General Beeauregard, for the movement of Hoke's brigade,a nd the three brigades of Pickett's division; Lightfoot's artillery battalion, belonging to Ransom's command, was also ordered to this side. Since that telegram, the infantry has been directed, as you know, to proceed and join General R. E. Lee. Hunton's brigade, now at Chaffin's Bluff, should move, too, with its division. Please order General Beauregard to send Gracie's to relieve it. Elliott's City Battalion, temporarily attached, should not go, but the regiment of Hunton's in the city ([Twenty]-eighth Virginia) should be relieved by one from Gracie's brigade.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG,

General.

[Inclosure.]

RICHMOND, May 19, 1864.

General G. T. BEAUREGARD

Chester Station:

Please inform me when, where, and how the enemy crossed to the north side of James River, as reported this morning by Colonel Baker. Order the three brigades of Pickett's division, Hoke's brigade, and Lightfoot's battalion of artillery, to cross the bridge immediately above Drewry's, and report to Major-General Ransom. Troops from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, are en route, and should commence arriving in Petersburg in two days.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

[WILMINGTON, N. C.,] May 20, 1864.

General BRAXTON BRAGG,

Richmond:

Twelfth Georgia Battalion, 480 strong, left here at 11 a. m. to-day. Part of Eighteenth Georgia Battalion here now, balance will arrive